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Knicks open on road; Nets have early date with Lakers

Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks stands with

Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks stands with head coach Jeff Hornacek during the second half against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, April 6, 2017. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

The NBA released the 2017-18 schedule Monday and it’s certain Carmelo Anthony will not be at Madison Square Garden on Opening Night.

That’s only because the Knicks open on the road against the Thunder and reigning MVP Russell Westbrook and new teammate Paul George.

The other certainty: Anthony will be the Garden playing for someone during the season. If Anthony’s a former Knick and playing for the Rockets, his return to MSG will come Nov. 1. By then the Knicks already would have met the Nets in the resumption of what has been a lukewarm rivalry.

The Knicks have a brutal road stretch starting after a Christmas Day matchup at home against the 76ers. They will play 19 of 25 away from home between Dec. 27 and Feb 12. The defending champion Warriors are on that trip.

The Nets have an intriguing early season matchup Nov. 3 against the Lakers when D’Angelo Russell returns to Los Angeles to face the team that traded him to the Nets. Russell went to Brooklyn in the Brook Lopez deal that paved the way for Lonzo Ball, the Lakers’ No. 2 overall pick in the June draft.

Dates worth circling: Nov. 13, April 9 (Cavaliers/LeBron James at Knicks); Feb. 26 (Warriors/ Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant) at Knicks. Oct. 25, Mar. 25 (Cavaliers at Nets); Nov. 19 (Warriors/Curry, Durant) at Nets.

Nets sign Wiley. Undrafted Jacob Wiley agreed to a two-way contract. A 6-8 forward from East Washington University, Wiley could begin the season with the G League Long Island Nets, who will play in the renovated Nassau Coliseum. Practice begins the week of Oct. 23.

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